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 College Counseling


  • College planning begins upon enrollment as our counseling staff helps plan a course schedule to support college plans and interests.  And the excitement around college planning filters through our younger grades from the start.  We don’t have a “cookie-cutter” approach. But we create a college-going environment.
  •  In our College Lab, counselors work individually with students throughout the admission process from research to essay writing to application completion. Guidance helps “demystify” the process. And momentum builds.
  •  The vast majority of our Seniors are able to apply “Early Action,” in part because of personal relationships they cultivate with college admission representatives.


At OHA college counseling begins during a student’s initial campus interview when course placement and graduation plans are discussed.  The process culminates in the details of applications and essay writing for seniors, and the excitement of acceptance notifications.  The College Counseling office offers support throughout all aspects of this process. And our students are guided to target schools that are carefully considered based on individual goals and needs.  Our approach to the college planning process?  “Go where you will grow.”

A primary tool for students is the “College Lab,” a dedicated space for individuals and small groups to meet with counselors after school.  There, students get assistance with college research and the application process, with an eye toward identifying schools that are a good fit.  Throughout the school year, visiting college admission representatives from a variety of schools also use this space to connect with our students face to face.

Focus for Grades 8-10

Placement into academic courses which will fully prepare students for college admission.

Identification of academic strengths and weaknesses, resulting in intervention plans which will challenge students to build on their strengths and improve areas of weakness.

PSAT testing for diagnostic purposes and to prepare students for college admission testing.

Exposure to interest inventories and career information.

Introduction to college search information and resources.

Encouragement to pursue summer growth opportunities such as summer school, volunteering, camps or enrichment programs, working, mission trips, travel, and “shadowing” a professional in a career area of interest.

Attending College Lab meetings during the spring to begin more specific college research.

Detailed time lines and checklists are available from the Counseling Office.

Focus for Grade 11

Continuation of the areas above, with a greater emphasis on the student’s particular areas of college and career interest.

Taking the PSAT in October.

Taking the SAT and/or ACT during the spring semester.

Meeting with a counselor in the College Lab during the spring semester for research into “best fit” college options, and learning to identify colleges as “safety,” “target,” or “reach” schools.

Developing a plan for summer vacation so that juniors will be prepared for the college application process when they return in the fall as seniors.

Detailed time lines and checklists are available from the Counseling Office.

Focus for Grade 12

Navigating the college admissions process, including doing research, completing applications, writing essays, and gathering necessary supplemental materials.

Taking the initiative for the process, with support from parents and College Lab counseling staff.

Taking or re-taking the SAT and/or ACT in the fall semester.

Detailed time lines and checklists are available from the Counseling Office.

Mrs. Joy Groves, MA, LPC, NCC

Director of Counseling

Mr. Chris Hill ’94

College Advisor